Former Golden Eagle player Polk Brown, now in his seventh season as head coach of the Tennessee Tech men's and women's golf teams, was named to the position back on July 21, 2011.
Brown has coached several successful golfers over his first four years, boasting a combined four All-OVC players between both teams. In addition, his players have earned 32 All-Tournament nods while the teams have combined to produce 28 top-five finishes, including two tournament titles. He has coached two OVC All-Newcomer Team members and seen four of his players achieve All-Tournament honors at the OVC Championships. Both the men's and women's teams have placed in the top five of the OVC Championship twice during Brown's tenure.
Additionally, since his arrival as the head man on the links for the Golden Eagles, his players and teams have broken numerous school records, including the women's all-time scoring mark for 54 holes, both as a team and for an individual. Also broken were the men's team 18-hole scoring record and 54-hole scoring record, among others.
Brown received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Tech in 2006, and completed his coursework in August, 2011, adding his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. He spent his first year after graduation as an Apprentice at Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville, then returned to school in 2009 to begin working toward his master’s. He also worked for two years at Oak Ridge Country Club teaching and hosting junior clinics.
“I am absolutely honored to have the opportunity to represent Tennessee Tech,” Brown said upon his hiring. “It’s a dream come true. The coaches before me, especially Bobby, left a huge legacy for me to try to fulfill, especially in the high principles he held. I remember going to school in August, 2001 and now it’s exactly 10 years later I’m coming back as head coach. It’s such an honor.”
Brown said helping the current and future Golden Eagle players achieve success in life is his highest priority.
“I just want to represent Tennessee Tech in the best way possible. I am thrilled to be coming back, and I want to work with these young men and women and help them achieve all they can,” Brown said. “I want them to graduate from Tennessee Tech, and I want to help prepare them to be successful for the rest of their lives. I want them to strive for OVC championships, and to become the very best person they can. And, when they look back they can say it was the best time they’ve ever had.”
Brown was a four-year letterman under coach Bobby Nichols, playing for the Golden Eagles from 2001 to 2006, with a redshirt season in 2003-04. As a player, he earned all-tournament honors three times during his career, including the Mercer Invitational as a freshman and the EKU Spring Invitational as a senior. A team captain in his final year, he finished fifth at the 2006 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament to claim his third all-tournament honor. In 2001-02 he won the Most Improved Player Award and the Impact Award, and in 2005-06 he received the team’s Most Dedicated Player Award.